Friday, September 04, 2009


i will be doing my first ever moonlighting tonight! in the residency world, this means taking extra work (generally medically-related) during precious off hours in exchange for a little extra cash. actually, to me it's a LOT of extra cash -- although i suppose i may be easy to impress in that department having never had a job in the business world.

the numbers? nah, i don't mind sharing: tonight, i will make $70/hour (minus taxes, of course) for 19 hours (5 pm today until noon tomorrow). oddly enough, it's not like i will be doing anything different from what i've done before! i had 8 30-hour NICU calls last fall that paid diddly-squat, and i was actually covering more patients then.

even with taxes taken out, i can do the math that tonight's shift (plus another one that i'm signed up for in october . . .) translates to a decent chunk of guilt-free shopping! i won't go too crazy, but here are some things i may be dreaming about on any downtime tonight:

new camera!
boots (since i keep talking about them!)
skinny jeans (for real this time)
some new clothes for my deserving husband
fall jacket/trench that is waterproof

this one is pretty awesome, although still a little too cher pour moi

thinking about these will certainly help get me through the night!

material fantasies aside, i will also be fervently hoping that i get some much-needed intubations to add to my procedure log. a UAC (umbilical artery catheter) would be a nice bonus, as well! the truth is that as much as i am excited about the $$$, the other reason i am taking these shifts is that i am slightly NICU procedure deficient. my goal is to be as outspoken as possible about my need for getting these procedures, and hopefully luck will be on my side.

if only i could get a view like that!

i am visualizing slipping ET tubes through wide-open vocal cords right now . . . honestly, if i could BUY the intubations with the moonlighting cash, i would. that's how badly i am dying to have these checked off of my 'need for graduation!' list. WISH ME LUCK!



workout: rest day!

doin' time: behold: the EASIEST martha recipe yet! whole wheat linguini + tomato slices on the grill with salt, pepper, olive oil, and dried thyme = DINNER. with a pile of lightly dressed arugula on the side, and a slug of wine for good measure.

reading: about the lantus/cancer controversy. i am going to be presenting on this topic in 2 weeks -- i am still not convinced as to my position! statistics are amazing (and confusing) things . . .


  1. Anonymous8:04 AM

    You definitely deserve to go shopping with that extra cash. What kind of new camera do you want? I've been coveting an SLR one but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

  2. Anonymous8:55 AM

    wow a shopping trip is definitely in order! so you need to buy the intubation tubes yourself? if that's true that's wicked lame!

  3. Enjoy the extra pocket change, and hopefully you get to check some procedures off your list! I always feel bad when I hope that someone needs something done that I haven't done yet. Let me know if anyone needs an NG dropped, and I'll fly down immediately!

    I haven't heard about the lantus/cancer association. If you come up with an opinion, I'd love to hear it since my mom takes lantus!

  4. I have to intubate rats at work with a pediatric laryngoscope and a 14 gauge angiocatheter, and I would also love to have a view like that! Good luck getting your procedures!

  5. Good luck on getting all the intubations you need, although I wouldn't want to wish illnesses on anyone! ;) I wish I was smart enough to be a doctor! Instead, I got!

  6. have fun moonlighting and picking out fun things to buy!

  7. Hope you get some procedures...I hope I get some, too! Though it's kind of scary...I haven't done any besides taps.

  8. I've been meaning to tell you - it's my humble opinion that you can definitely pull off the skinny jeans. You're so teeny tiny!

  9. atilla10:55 PM

    best moonlighting experience I remember is standing and you know what I mean by standing in the bathroom next to my chairman when he asked me why an application for privileges came across his desk for me at a Fairfax VA hospital. We were not supposed to moonlight! I just said that I had three kids was in the lab and needed to make a little extra cash. He replied " just don't do too much of that" washed his hands and walked away. I finished my business and then nearly passed out.

  10. atilla10:55 PM

    by the way wtmi but true

  11. Anonymous12:43 AM

    That is a gorgeous trench.

    It`s great that you have the opportunity to do some moonlighting and earn that extra cash. Good luck with it!

  12. I say boots! And I sneak away $20 in cash per pay period and drop it in a kleenex box for my guilty free shoppping....I love to buy $6 jams at farmer's markets or score at Anthropolgie with them!